Judge orders negotiations between UNCW, professor

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Submitted: Tue, 09/06/2011 - 9:35pm
Updated: Sat, 05/31/2014 - 2:14pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Professor Mike Adams is suing the University of North Carolina Wilmington because he claims it discriminated against him and didn’t give him tenure. But before the suit moves on, a senior US District Court Judge is sending the two sides to mediation.

The order says that Judge David Daniel will sit down with Adams and the university with a goal of reaching some kind of resolution.

This case dates back to 2007 when Adams says the school didn’t tenure him because of his political and religious views.

A district court judge ruled in favor of the university, but Adams then appealed that decision in federal court.

We spoke with Adams by phone, and he said he had no comment at this time.

The university released this short statement: “Uncw will, in good faith, participate in the routine settlement conference, which was ordered by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina in Adams v. UNCW, in an effort to determine whether a mutually acceptable agreement is possible.”

No date has been set yet for the mediation meeting.


  • Martin Smith says:

    Go get em’ Adams. They really dislike anyone that takes a view different from their PC delirium. I am pulling for you.

  • Guest says:

    I am pretty sure the lawsuit claims he didn’t get “promoted to full professor” rather than “receive tenure”. He has been there since the early 90’s, so he must have tenure. WWAY needs to get the facts straight before publishing.

  • Hill says:

    Adams is a sad example of a terrible oversight in the personnel hiring department at UNCW. All he does is spread his own hateful beliefs to a captive audience. No other university would ever hire him, that’s why he is so afraid of not being tenured at UNCW.

  • Guest says:

    I disagree that no other school would hire Mike Adams. Clemson or USC would love to have him – he’s priceless Bw

  • Guest says:

    regarding the campaign stickers on his office door? If memory serves, for four years, he had a Clinton/Gore sticker on his door. No one said a thing. In 2000, he changed it to a Bush/Cheney sticker and complaints were made regarding his politicking. The story went that once complaints were lodged, he sent an email reminding the complainers that none of them had a problem with the previous sticker and this outcome had been anticipated all along. That little stunt required enormous patience!

  • not a rocket scienist says:

    This gentleman (not) was present at the recent event on UNCW campus where organizations outside the college community were invited to share information about themselves. More than 3,000 students attended. I was there with a faith-based organization. This man was very present going around asking questions of both campus organizations and others in what seemed like an attempt to gather information to use in his various anti-liberal crusades. The Tenure system is something I know a bit about having taught in a university setting and it is very, very difficult to attain; as well it should be. It is perhaps comparable to the military systems of court martial and other internal mechanisms which operate in a closed environment with values and rules that outsiders cannot comprehend. It can take care of itself.

  • Guest says:

    Again, this is not about tenure but being promoted to full professor. Promotion too full professor is a much longer, much more difficult process than attaining tenure. It requires prolonged (12 plus years) of sustained research in peer reviewed publications and excellence in teaching. Many professors fail to reach this level.

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